One of the purposes of the study abroad is to learn about Berlin History. One of our stops was the Topographie des Terrors; it is an outdoor exhibition that showed the timeline of Berlin during world war II. This site gave me a very unique experience.
Once we got there, I could not really tell where was the site, because I expected a large exhibition with loud noises as tourists. In fact, the exhibition was built underground; the surroundings were loud and busy, but once people are in the site, they automatically lower their voices, and just walked and viewed the text and pictures. I think it is because they all know how much pain did war bring to the victims, so this is their last act to show their respect towards innocent lives. It was nice to see everyone to have that common understanding.
While walking through the exhibition, I saw more individual stories that showed a different side of the war. those stories that were happened to commoners like me were touching, I thought a lot, and I felt more related as it was easier for me to empathize. War was really cruel and brutal.
Looking at that exhibition, there was one thought that left in my mind. It was so nice that they could keep and share the history to tell the next generation, it did happen, and we should learn from the mistakes. Acknowledging the mistakes takes so much courage. Meanwhile, in this world, there are so much more injustices that are forced to be forgotten. I hope that inequality can be disappeared one day.